When you have a crazy busy week like the one I just had, make this quick and beautiful Cross craft with your family!
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A Cross Craft: Busy Ministry Mom Approved!
As a ministry wife and volunteer, I’m involved in a bunch of different things at church. When you put that together with living the Christian life outside of church — connecting with people and doing well with the jobs (including homemaking) God has given you, it adds up to a lot. I had something go on every single day this week! Even my Sabbath — which I strategically take on a day other than Sunday so that I can rest, refocus on God, and get rejuvenated for the week ahead — was spent out with a good friend of mine. (Being out with her was restful, but still made the day busy.) I’m privileged to live a life where everything I’m involved in is something I LOVE — from children’s ministry, to youth ministry, to dance ministry and spoken word ministry, plus doing life with wonderful friends and family. All of these things make the uncomfortable parts of work, relationships, and (let’s be honest) adulthood worthwhile for me — especially since it’s all for the glory of God.
However, sometimes life is busting-at-the-seams full, leaving other parts of my calling (keeping my home, making nutritious and delicious meals, etc.) less lived-out than normal. One area I hope not to slack in during those seasons is teaching my child about God. Especially since we’re preparing for her to go to preschool soon, it is important that I take advantage of all the opportunities I have to teach her and train her in the things of Christ.
This Cross Craft Is Low-Prep & Easy Peasy
So on weeks like the one I just had, it’s good to have a go-to activity for easy home discipleship. This can be anything from a pre-made activity that you use again and again, like Bible story rocks. You could also have fun supplies, like play dough, on hand that you could turn into a Bible lesson. (I’ll have a DIY play dough tutorial and Bible study posted here in a couple of weeks!) Those things take some of preparation in advance, though, and if you don’t have time to spare, this Cross craft I have to share with you is perfect.
All you need is some non-toxic paint, paper, and masking or painters tape. A paintbrush is optional!
This is the easiest Cross craft EVER! Well, aside from just drawing a T on a piece of paper… but that would have zero cuteness factor — please, don’t be boring. Depending on how much your family enjoys painting you can make tons of these Cross paintings in one sitting as cards or gifts for friends, other loved ones, or even strangers! Yo, imagine… homemade gospel tracts?! (Like the ones sweet old ladies and certain pushy cults hand out, but more relevant, personal, and Biblical, and not eye-rolled and tossed in the trash. #SorryNotSorry) That’s family ministry goals righ there!
Here’s How You Make It
Get your paint palette ready. A paper plate will work just fine. After taking the photos you see here I found that it was best to NOT to give my toddler a full-color palette AT ALL because she would just mix all of her colors together and make a gross green mess. Instead I put one color on the plate at a time and when she ran out of one color I’d add another to the plate. This took more time than, let’s say, putting all of the colors out there and letting her paint with them for a few minutes while I worked on something else (close by) but the end result made this process worth it. If you have older kids, just put all of the colors on the plate. It is a great opportunity for teaching color mixing.
Now that the hardest part is over, take your tape and make a cross on the paper with it from two pieces.
Then let your child get to painting! I highly recommend making a Cross painting of your own at the same time because it’s seriously therapeutic, especially if you do finger painting. Obviously, don’t ruin your manicure if you have one!
After you are all done with one painting, take the tape off of it while it is still wet. Be sure not to add any more paint to the page after that and let the painting dry completely. I used a clean paintbrush to drag the paint to the edges of my paper, but that’s only because I wanted it to be Pinterest-worthy.
Cross Craft + Relaxing = Winning
That’s it. It’s that easy! For my daughter it was fun to get messy, and for me it was soothing and relaxing. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about the Cross and what it means for us as Christians. For my two-year-old that meant identifying the shape as a cross and asking her who died on the cross (though she has no clue what death is) and asking her if Jesus loves us. Very simple and it’s something that can be a great reminder when hung up in your home or put in a frame. You could also experiment with paper sizes and if you make it small enough, you and your kids could carry them in backpacks, wallets or purses. Add a memory verse to the back and you take it to another level! John 3:16 is a perfect place to start, but consider choosing a memory verse that reflects what your family needs to remember right now in whatever season you’re in.
Alright, that’s enough chit chat from me! Now go ahead and break out your art supplies and make this craft happen. No paint? Use crayons or markers! No tape? Cut out a cross shape and trace around it. You know I’m all about being “ghetto” and working with what you got! At the end of the day it’s all about finding a little bit of time to talk about Jesus with your family in a meaningful way.
Your turn: What do you do to keep Jesus at the center of your family when you’re busy? Tell me in the comments below! ⭐
Hey sis! I’m Imani, the Young Moms’ Advocate and Legacy Activator, who is here to help your family prosper. Also, I’m probably dancing to Michael Jackson right now.